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Friday, June 11, 2010

Poetry Friday - "Travel"

Oh, I am getting SOOOOOOO excited to go to Australia this summer. We'll be there for five weeks, and I cannot wait! It is going to be awesome. I'm especially looking forward to seeing kangaroos in the wild, lots of new birds, and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. It's going to rock! Hope you have a chance to travel somewhere this summer. You can go anywhere with a book, you know! :)

Enjoy your summer, everyone! I'll look forward to hearing about your adventures when we get back in the fall!

by Robert Louis Stevenson

I should like to rise and go
Where the golden apples grow; ---
Where below another sky
Parrot islands anchored lie,
And, watched by cockatoos and goats,
Lonely Crusoes building boats; ---
Where in sunshine reaching out
Eastern cities, miles about,
Are with mosque and minaret
Among sandy gardens set,
And the rich goods from near and far
Hang for sale in the bazaar;--
Where the Great Wall round China goes,
And on one side the desert blows,
And with bell and voice and drum,
Cities on the other hum;--
Where are forests, hot as fire,
Wide as England, tall as a spire,
Full of apes and cocoa-nuts
And the negro hunters’ huts;--
Where the knotty crocodile
Lies and blinks in the Nile,
And the red flamingo flies
Hunting fish before his eyes;---
Where in jungles, near and far,
Man-devouring tigers are,
Lying close and giving ear
Lest the hunt be drawing near,
Or a comer-by by seen
Swinging in a palanquin;---
Where among the desert sands
Some deserted city stands,
All its children, sweep and prince,
Grown to manhood ages since,
Not a foot in street or house,
Not a stir of child or mouse,
And when kindly falls the night,
In all the town no spark of light.
There I’ll come when I’m a man
With a camel caravan;
Light a fire in the gloom
Of some dusty dining-room;
See the pictures on the walls,
Heroes, fights and festivals;
And in a corner find the toys
Of the old Egyptian boys.


Crusoes -- Robinson Crusoe is a character in a book who was stranded all alone on an island.
Mosque -- a temple or building used for worship Muslims
Minaret -- a tower of a mosque; used for calling Muslims to prayer
Bazaar -- a place where things are sold from rows of little shops or stalls
Palanquin -- a form of transportation, usually for one person; it looks like a little enclosed box on long poles that rest on the shoulders of those who carry it.
Caravan -- a group traveling in line

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